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Hawkeye Brothers in Arms

It’s not uncommon for family members to share similar passions, and the Sommer brothers, Karson and Konnor, are no different. The Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School graduates have reconnected in 2018, competing for the University of Iowa cross country team. Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karson and Konner Sommer©Darren Miller Hawkeyesports.com 2018 Karson is […]

If it Plays in Peoria, it Plays For the Bees

On Friday at the Bradley Intercollegiate, those things netted the Fighting Bee women a title as they won the College Division in the 3-mile race at Detweiller Park. Courtesy Bees Athletics, click here! Led again by Ashley Plumb, the Bees had a pair of packs no far behind to squeak away with the 5-point win […]

Vikings Cross Country, No Place Like Home

MEN The men’s cross country team hosted the 14th Grand View Viking Invitational at Southeast Polk High School on Friday. Courtesy Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Grand View Women Cross Country Two Vikings finished in the top 10, both sophomores, Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, IA) finished in 8th place and Trevor Albert(SO/Eldon, IA) finished in 4th place.  […]

Next level Iowa Podcast For September 18, 2018: Karissa Schweizer

Feature Photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou battles Molly Huddle in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium ©Jim Kirby 2018 On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with National Champion and now member of the Bowerman Track Club, Karissa Schweizer.  Karissa tells us what she has been up to since the NCAA’s and since turning pro. We also cover […]

Bulldogs Win Big at OZ

Drake University sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 11. Courtesy Bulldogs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Maximilian Fridrich-Drake@Bulldogs Athletics 2018 Fridrich won Friday’s Oz Memorial by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 20:09.6 on the 4-mile course […]

Next Level Iowa Podcast for September 11, 2018: Sam Schillinger and Ryan Murphy

Feature photo: Arkansas Men’s Cross Country 2018©Razorback Athletics 2018 On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we welcome two teammates of the University of Arkansas, Sam Schillinger-Cedar Falls-Arkansas and Ryan Murphy-Lin Mar-Arkansas.  We talk with Sam and Ryan about being rivals back in high school and now being teammates for the Hogs of Arkansas. […]

Pioneer Men and Women Shine at Les Duke

Women Grinnell College’s women’s cross country team found the home course much to its liking. Courtesy Pioneer Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Grinnell Women’s Cross Country 2018 ©Pioneer Athletics The Pioneers raced to victory in a 16-team field at their annual Les Duke Invitational Saturday at Grinnell College Golf Course. That marks the first time Grinnell has […]

Duhawks Place 3rd in All-American International

The men’s and women’s cross country teams each took home a third place finish at the All-American Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Luther College. The Duhawks had two top-10 finisher’s Patrick Wolak and Kassie Rosenbum. Courtesy DuHawks Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Loras Women Cross Country 2018©A&D Photo/Duhawks Athletics MEN’S TOP FINISHERS – 4 MILE 9 […]

Next Level Iowa Podcast September 4, 2018: Rachel Peters

Feature photo: Rachel Peters-PCM-Central©Special to Next Level Iowa On this edition of the Next Level Iowa Podcast we talk with Central senior Rachel Peters-PCM-Central.  Rachel realized last season that she would undergo a career threatening surgery to remove a tumor, the size of a softball from her leg.  Rachel tells us of her long road back to running […]

Storm Men and Women Sweep Bill Buxton Invite

Men: Trey Thompson and Jonathan Facio swept the top two spots and the Simpson men’s cross country team rolled to a season-opening win at its own Bill Buxton Invitational on Friday at Pickard Park. Courtesy Storm Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Simpson Women’s Cross Country©Jim Kirby 2018   Thompson ran away from the field, finishing the […]